2016-17 Southeast Youth of the Year
Club/Organization: Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County
Length of Membership: 3 years
Intended College/University: Florida Gulf Coast University
Planned Major: Nursing
Career Aspiration: Nurse Practitioner
“Work hard in silence. Let success be your noise.” – Frank Ocean
From a young age, Raliyah faced a variety of circumstances that affected her home life and forced her grow up more quickly than her peers. With help from her Boys & Girls Club, Raliyah was able to turn these challenges into opportunities to grow and become more independent.
Raliyah is a natural leader with an infectiously positive attitude and an enthusiasm to lend a helping hand wherever it is needed. While in high school, she served as president of her Club’s Keystone Club, volunteering regularly in the Vero Beach community. She also served as president of the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) program and was a member of her school basketball team.
Over time, and with Club support, Raliyah’s personal struggles have transformed into her greatest motivations. She now sees her storied past as one of her biggest strengths. She uses her experiences as an opportunity to mentor and encourage youth facing similar challenges.
Raliyah is a rising sophomore at Florida Gulf Coast University and plans to become a nurse practitioner.